Life in the armpit

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Life in the armpit
A view of life in El Salvador told from the angle of the wife of a deportee, forced to up root and start over in a 3rd world country.
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  • For Leo 1 day ago There are times when I wonder what in the world happened to me to make me who I am today. My mother was gone by the time I was 8, leaving me to be raised by an alcoholic father who had no real interest in me until I was an adult. He was selfish, rude, hypocritical and an open bigot. He was also one...
  • Karma Cuts Both Ways 1 week ago I have a deep respect for women here who go out and do what they need to do to feed their kids. That was what I liked so much about Anna. Ever since I knew her, she was hustling, working whatever shitty job she could find. For the last few years that has meant living in San Miguel so that she could...
  • Perspective 2 months ago Life has been beyond nuts in the armpit since my last post, and as I thought about which event to write about first, I started to think about perspective, and whether or not the glass is half empty. I thought about telling the story of Juan's truck, and how it was in police impound for over a...
  • Social Differences in El Salvador 3 months ago I don't live in what I refer to as "the bushes" or what most consider a farm. I live in what is known as a caserio, or colonia - which is something like a burro version of a subdivision. The houses are butted up against each other, and if your neighbor puts on a second floor (like mine) they are...
  • Looks Like They Got 'em Pretty Good 3 months ago During the weekend killing sprees, the army managed to kill 3 of the suspects. The bodies were handed over to the families, and arrangements were made for the wake Monday night, and the funeral Tuesday. Well.... Monday night, while everyone was chowing down on tamales, bread and coffee, the police...

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Website Reviews » There are 7 reviews on Life in the armpit

Julie
19:14 PM November 27, 2012

I love this blog. The stories are very real and it's truly an inside look to life in small town El Salvador.

Rita Gervais
19:17 PM November 27, 2012

The writer is refreshingly honest about all her trials and tribulations of living in El Salvador. With a little humor mixed in, it is very entertaining and educational. This blog is at the top of my list of favorites.

Valarie Ramirez
20:56 PM November 27, 2012

Jennifer keeps it real while tackling life in a foreign country. All the while, you can count on her to have something clever to say or a funny story to capture her daily life.

Isolated Existence
00:46 AM November 28, 2012

Jennifer shares her everyday life in El Salvador in a candid way mixed with a pinch of humor. Her blog not only entertains me, but it has helped me in a personal way. This blog is at the top of my list of favorite blogs.

Alysn
16:33 PM November 28, 2012

Living outside of one's own country for an extended period of time is an experience that would benefit everyone. When never challenged by cultural experiences different from those you've known your whole life, it is far too easy to think that everyone has a worldview similar to the citizens of your own nation. Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity or bravery to be an expatriate. For those who cannot, we are very fortunate that the internet has offered us a personal view into the experience with wonderful blogs like Life in the Armpit. The writer of Life takes us through the wonder, horror, fear, thrill, and, sometimes, absolute confusion and despair of making the transition from life in a very privileged nation to life in a nation where it is often a privilege to know you will make just enough money to feed your child. As the writer describes the devastation wrought by a simple storm, the lush natural beauty just five minutes from home, the normal social behaviors that are positively reversed from those of her home nation, or the value of the simplest pleasures that would have gone unnoticed in her former life, the reader can take these experiences and view her own life differently, enriched for all that she has become aware she has, amazed at the beauty of variety in the peoples of the world, and thankful that there is someone else, willing to live in an armpit, to help open her eyes to see this.

Leslie Limon
05:31 AM November 29, 2012

Jennifer gives us an honest look at what life in El Salvador is really like, with a humorous tone.

International Mel
01:12 AM November 28, 2013

I feel like I know Jennifer. She is an excellent writer and really gives the reader of her blog and amazing picture of her experience. She is open and honest and not afraid to show vulnerabilities. I wish her much success as she moves down this amazing life path she has chosen!

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